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Llangollen Pavilion celebrates revamp with concert
Llangollen Pavilion courtesy Paul Brown
The pavilion's new canvas roof is hoisted into position ahead of its re-opening

Llangollen Pavilion is holding a re-opening concert marking its first overhaul since being opened by the Queen 18 years ago.

And with the £1.6m revamp comes a new director and pledge to support local talent as well as hosting big events.

"These are exciting times as the pavilion begins a new chapter in its history," said venue director Vicky Shenton-Morris, 30, from Denbigh.

One of the most significant changes is the replacement of its canvas roof.

Poster for the first ever Llangollen eisteddfod
Poster from Llangollen's first international eisteddfod

The re-opening concert on Wednesday will feature north Wales talent such as male voice choir, Côr Godre'r Aran from Bala; Adran Rhuthun, a choir of primary school age children; Wrexham band Heal the Last Stand; and local duo Rachel Lloyd and Matt Nicholls.

Llangollen Pavilion's Poet for 2010, Sophie McKeand from Mold, will entertain guests on arrival.

New events include Llangollen's first ever comedy festival (10-13 June) which will see big names such as Ed Bryne, John Bishop and Sarah Millican on the billing.

The pavilion is also the venue of world famous Llangollen International Musical Eisteddfod which first took place at the site in 1947.

Back then, for one week of the year, a marquee was put on site which is mirrored to this day by the distinctive canvas roof. For the rest of the year the area was used as grazing land.

Ms Shenton-Morris said: "I'll be working with the team here to bring the pavilion and its events to the community in north Wales and show the rest of Wales and the UK what we have to offer."

As part of the refurbishment there are improved car park facilities, a new restaurant kitchen and state of the art lighting and sound systems.

The pavilion has also formed a partnership with Welsh children's charity Tros Gynnal and profits from the re-opening concert will be donated. Ahead of the concert, there's an open day between 11am-1pm.

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